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CJS 301 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

This course introduces the scientific research process and the data sources and methods used in criminology and criminal justice. It trains future professionals in policing, courts, and corrections to be critical consumers of data, statistics, and research with the goal of achieving "research literacy" - the ability to access, interpret, and evaluate empirical information and apply it to policy and practice decisions. Students explore research design, including the selection and specification of a research problem, and qualitative and quantitative methods. They also learn how to identify quality research for their work within the criminal justice system and how to judge if something is "evidence-based" or not.

Prerequisites

Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required. Note: This class replaces what used to be CJS 483 Research Seminar in Criminal Justice.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes

General

  • Demonstrate understanding of where and how research data are generated.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Explain how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Explain how to define and measure social phenomena.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between academic knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to the field.
  • Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Access and analyze empirical data
  • Critically interpret and evaluate empirical research
  • Identify sources of quality information versus dubious sources
  • Understand the relationship between academic knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to the field.

Spring 2022

Section Title Instructor
50 Research Methods in Criminal Justice Blair, Lesli D Books Course details

Summer 2022

Section Title Instructor
50 Research Methods in Criminal Justice Blair, Lesli D Books Course details

Fall 2022

Section Title Instructor
01 Research Methods in Criminal Justice Blair, Lesli D Books Course details
50 Research Methods in Criminal Justice Blair, Lesli D Books Course details